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Bachelor of Science in:

Marine Science

Kutztown University offers a Bachelor of Science in Marine Science for students who desire an interdisciplinary background in oceanography or marine biology. The program is taught by faculty in the Biology and Physical Sciences departments within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

In the study of marine science, students take courses in biology, chemistry, geology and physics, as well as specialty courses in marine ecology, marine biology, marine geology, physical oceanography, and many others.

Marine Science Concentrations

Students can choose between two concentrations:

  • Marine Biology
  • Oceanography

Minor in:
Marine Science

Students can choose an-18-semester hour marine science minor, which includes Introduction to Oceanography and four Marine Science electives, two of which are taken at the Marine Science Consortium.  

Special Learning Facilities
A unique resource and opportunity associated with this science major is access students have to the Chincoteague Bay Field Station at Wallops Island, Va., Equipped with research vessels, laboratories, dormitory housing and a cafeteria, this facility provides unrivaled access to the diverse habitats characteristic of the Eastern Shore. Courses offered at the MSC provide hands-on field intensive experiences that are essential preparation for this field of study.

Research and Internships
Undergraduate research under the supervision of a faculty advisor or completion of a supervised internship experience is a requirement for graduation. The Marine Science program emphasizes hands-on learning as an important component of an undergraduate education and that philosophy is carried to its conclusion in this senior capstone requirement. Participation by students in this endeavor provides hands-on, real-world experiences solving scientific problems either in the field or laboratory or in an employment setting and greatly increases marketability.

Kutztown science faculty maintain a diverse array of active research projects, all of which involve students as essential collaborators. Upon completion of their research experiences, many KU students have presented the results of their projects at local, regional, and national meetings. Several research projects have been published in national and international journals.

Career Opportunities
The field of marine science offers career options in industry, government, marine biology, oceanography, marine engineering and geology, pharmaceuticals, and natural resource development and protection. You can find employment in aquatic environmental consulting, at a zoo or aquarium, or even at a pharmaceutical or microbiology laboratory. Students are also prepared to further their education in graduate school.